Who Will Save Our Souls?

I’ve been listening to this song a lot lately (if you need to ask “what song?”, maybe you should refer back to this post’s title and try to figure out the reference – it’s pretty straight forward).

Sure it’s one of my favourite songs by one of my favourite singers.

It also happens to be extremely good.

So, why shouldn’t I like it?

Sometimes, I feel as if I  can get really obsessed with certain songs at certain times. I guess, for this song, I’m finally beginning to understand the meaning behind the words, and it’s that meaning that has compelled me to listen to it so much. It gives me time to examine it. Pick it to pieces, as I love to do.

Analyze.

I’ve listened to it now half a dozen times every day for the last week or so, and it’s really gotten my brain thinking about the many social injustices that happen day after day EVERYWHERE on this planet. And after the heartbreaking tragedy of the Boston Marathon yesterday, this song took on another meaning for me as well. Does humanity have any hope at all? Perhaps we need to stop looking at our neighbours for the answer.

This song has really been making me take a step back and examine my own life in ways that I really haven’t before. The smallest of things that could easily be brushed off as nothing can really have the most devastating effects on those around you. Sometimes I don’t realize how much of what I say or do can really affect someone in a negative way, especially someone close to me who is not protected by my ‘public filter’ that springs from both being in public around strangers and being nervous.

It’s easy to start picking out these negative traits in other people. And in a world filled with injustice, harsh reality, unfairness and inequality, you don’t need to have a negative view on the human race to ask yourself: “Who will save our souls?”

But it’s the negative traits within ourselves that should be the focus of our attention. So, more importantly, at the risk of feeling too guilty or ashamed, it’s really OKAY to ask yourself: “Who will save my soul?”

For me, when I ask this, it makes me realize that there are still things in my character and attitude that I could improve upon – and it’s an acknowledgement of this fact.

Humans are imperfect beings and we cannot fix the world outside until we fix ourselves in here.

People living their lives for you on TV

They say they’re better than you and you agree

She says “Hold my calls from behind those cold brick walls”

Says “Come here boy, there ain’t nothing for free”

Another burger, another hot dog, some fries

You wish in the well, hope your health don’t go to hell

Another doctor’s bill, a lawyer’s bill

Another cute cheap thrill

You know you love him if you put in your will

Who will save your soul when it comes to the baby?

Who will save your soul after all the lies that you told, boy?

Who will save your soul if you won’t save your own?

We try to hustle them, try to bustle them, try to cuss them

The cops want someone to bust down on Orleans Avenue

Another day, another dollar, another war

Another tower went up, where the homeless had their homes

So we pray to as many different Gods as there are flowers

But we call religion our friend

We’re so worried about saving our souls

Afraid that God will take His toll

That we forget to begin

Who will save your soul when it comes to the flowers?

Who will save your soul after all the lies that you told, boy?

Who will save your soul if you won’t save your own?

Some are walking, some are talking, some are stalking their kill

You got social security, but that doesn’t pay your bills

There are addictions to feed and there are mouths to pay

So you bargain with the Devil, say you’re OK today

You say that you love them, take their money and run

Say it’s been swell, sweetheart, but it was just one of those things

Those flings, those strings you’ve got to cut

So get out on the streets, girls, and bust you butts

Who will save your soul when it comes to the memories?

Who will save your soul after all the lies that you told, boy?

Who will save your soul if you won’t save your own?

(Lyrics by Jewel Kilcher)

Thanks for reading!

Till Next,

-Will

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Categories: Life, Poetry, Quotes, The Soundtrack Of My Life, Writing | 6 Comments

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6 thoughts on “Who Will Save Our Souls?

  1. Great post. Something we all need reminded to do.

  2. Thank you for the ping-back! Great post!

  3. wow. I love this song. It actually inspired what I consider to be my greatest story (to be written soon).

    • That’s pretty awesome! =D Good luck with writing that, and now I’m curious as to what it’s about. Thanks for stopping by!

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